What Hollywood always does is pick Caucasians to play other ethnicities or races and cast older actors in juvenile roles.
Chaney, Nugent, Holloway and nearly all the rest were either 30 or looking at it clearly in the headlights. Yet, here they are trying to play college athletes in their late teens or early twenties.
For me that was hard to set aside.
It was fun to see the undeveloped hillsides and open spaces in the Oakland/Berkeley area in the outdoor location shots.
As for the plot, the other commenters have done a good job telling about it.
October 9, 2013 Subject:
One of those "watch on a rainy day" kind of films.
I found the picture quality of this upload to be quite decent, though I also found the volume to be a little low (maybe it's just me though).
September 25, 2011 Subject:
A bit amateurish
I found this movie a bit amateurish. The role of the editor was overacted. But the movie did have some niceties as pointed out by other reviewers.
May 6, 2011 Subject:
What makes this collection of cliches and stereotypes palatable (and the movie enjoyable) is that it doesn't at all take itself seriously. Instead, the audience is invited in to enjoy the hijinks and the clowning.
The movie opens with a pan shot of a campus, then cuts to a guy in a white sailor's gob hat looking up something in a dictionary (while his girlfriend lies next to him, staring off into space): "College, kol ij. An institution of learning devoted to the pursuit of the higher arts." In the next scenes, we learn which "higher arts" they had in mind. That alone is worth a smile. The scene where the students take over a classroom (and even perform a musical number) in the absence of the professor, who is profoundly tardy, brought me another smile, especially since that trope was spoofed to death in one of my favorite cartoon series (Tiny Toon Adventures).
Then there are the Crane Sisters, absolutely identical twins to the last detail, who dress exactly the same at all times and do everything else in stereo, but who become offended when the boyfriend of one of them cannot tell them apart. Old stuff, all the twins gags (perhaps they were fresher back then), but easy to accept as part of the fun.
Another pair of stereotypes is the Betty Boop wannabe, "Kittens" (played by Jeanie Roberts, who is no Mae Questel, just as "Kittens" is no Helen Kane) and Sterling Holloway, who is fairly well cast as the nerdy, smart-alec editor of the campus newspaper, upon whom "Kittens" finally sets her sights. Not especially funny (except where Holloway mocks the ego-inflated track star near the beginning of the film), but still part of the fun.
The plot, such as it is, revolves around two athletes as they prepare with their team for an upcoming track and field meet, and the various students who want to feed them some humble pie. On one of the two plot prongs, a popularity vote is "arranged" to go to Lon Chaney's character instead of to the "big man on campus" track star.
On the other prong are the two women who are interested in these two "jocks," but each wanting her guy to pay more attention to herself than to his athletic endeavors. The scenes where the two women each pick up on the other guy, and where the two mismatched couples then do their level best to inspire jealousy in each other, may be the best (funniest) part of the movie. This "girl trouble" almost costs the school the track meet, though, until the two women get their heads together and straighten things out.
My vote for best wisecrack in the movie is for the reference to Herbert Hoover's infamous promise (attributed in the film to "a congressman last week"), "Prosperity is just around the corner," which Hoover uttered in 1932 at the depths of the Depression, just before he was voted out of office. (Snerk!)
All in all, what others have said about it being a fun bit of fluff, a forget-your-troubles movie. Wanting to give it 3.5 stars, but rounding down to 3.
June 29, 2010 Subject:
"The big meet is only three days away, and you're still out of shape!"
A cute, utterly predictable, semi-musical college comedy. A young and handsome Lon Chaney Jr. even sings, and his voice isn't half bad. The other musical performances are okay, but the songs are completely forgettable. However there is an entertainingly hokey little dance preformed by cute twin blondes (the Crane Sisters). Although Mary Carlisle has star billing, her part really doesn't amount to much. It's Sterling Holloway and Arthur "Dagwood Bumstead" Lake who do most of the non-musical lifting. The plot is just what you would expect - college athletes in pursuit of coeds, and visa-versa. I can't be quite as enthusiastic about this second-feature comedy as some of the other reviewers, but it is an hour's worth of lighthearted fun. The print is in good condition, and almost completely glitch free. Will Stanton beat Rawlings in the big track meet? You'll just have to watch to find out. CAST NOTE: Lon Chaney Jr. is billed as Creighton Chaney.
June 27, 2010 Subject:
I can't believe this is rated 4/10 stars on the Internet Movie Database! This is enjoyable escapist fun. The plot may be a bit average, and they should've made Lon Chaney's character more big headed, and I didn't quite understand how he suddenly was going out with Gwen (my fault- missed a bit perhaps). Still, it's short, sweet, and the music is cool. Lon Chaney sings, and is shirtless. What more do you need from a film?
July 1, 2006 Subject:
I liked it enough to watch the whole thing even though musical numbers annoy me.
May 8, 2006 Subject:
Ball of a movie
Athletes, singing, and fun. This was an enjoyable movie.
February 27, 2006 Subject:
The non-student students
Part of a long and honorable Hollywood tradition of college-set films where the men are all athletes, the women are all working on their MRS degree and students (who seem to all be in their mid-20's) do almost anything but attend classes. Interesting mostly for the chance to see several names very early in their career. I wonder, is there a film in which Arthur Lake _doesn't_ play his "Dagwood" character?
January 13, 2006 Subject:
A must for UC Berkeley fans...
The opening of this film was shot on the campus of University of California at Berkeley, as anyone who went there could testify. There are a few shots of the campus in the film, mostly west of the campanile. Nice performances by Sterling Holloway. All around this is a fun, innocent film. Wish there had been more of the Crane Sisters.
June 4, 2005 Subject:
One of my Favorites
Fun from the start.
This was made to help forget the depression.
Collage Kids trying to hook up in the late 20s Early 30S.
( Arthur Lake ) Dagwood Bumbstead Later in the 40s Blonde Moivies, plays a quick witted pole vaulter, and Sings a Nice Tune as well.
Lon Channey Young, Buff and mostly topless. Yes he Sings!
Sterling Halloway what a wonderful comic actor. Can't escape the claws of " Kitten"
Beautiful Women every place in this movie. As I have noticed many of the 30s and 40s films have the Most Beautiful Women I have seen ever. Not big stars but good actresses and Beautiful to boot.
This is a Great Forget your TROUBLES Moive.
I'm going to watch it again.
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February 6, 2005 Subject:
Lon Chaney Musical!
I just finished watching this film, and I can't recommend it enough.
Creighton Chaney plays a college athelete, just three years after his
film debut. He is in top shape, and shows a lot of skin to prove it.
And, he sings. Lounging on top of a piano, accompanied by the Three
Lieutenants and Arthur Lake (presumably) playing the keys, he does a
passable job on "Thou Art My Baby." Sterling Holloway and Lake (this
is before he became Dagwood) are funny, the girls are beautifulÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
what's not to like? Lon made a lot of college and athlete films early
in his career, but this is the only one I've seen. Check it out.